July 2019 saw almost 2,000 more first-time buyers join the property ladder compared to the same month last year, according to official data. UK Finance data revealed that there were 32,640 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in July, some 5.8% more than in the same month last year. The number of people moving house remained similar year on year. UK Finance said there were 32,710 home-mover mortgages completed in July, just 1.4% more than in the same month in 2018. This means that in July, there were just 70 more homeowners moving house than there were first-time buyers completing a mortgage on their first property. Meanwhile, there were 5,800 new buy-to-let home purchase mortgages in July, an increase of 5.5%. Remortgages with additional borrowing slumped 7.1% in July, while pound-for-pound remortgages also fell 12.9%.
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